The Mandarin in Schools (MIS) Conference is an annual conference planned and hosted by the MIS Committee to promote Mandarin learning as well as support Mandarin instruction in the Southern California Region.
The Committee is comprised of various stakeholders from prominent educational and community groups such as UCLA Confucius Institute, International Studies Learning Center, California State University, Los Angeles, California World Languages Project, Loyola Marymount University School of Education, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles and Committee of 100 (C-100).
Each year, school administrators, Mandarin educators, community members and aspiring teachers will convene to exchange ideas on how to improve Mandarin instruction, address existing issues and concerns as well as promote Mandarin education. The conference will provide teachers with an opportunity to learn firsthand from the leading educators in the field.
The Mandarin in Schools Committee has encouraged students and teachers to gain greater knowledge of Chinese history, culture and language. In 2008, C-100 worked closely with the Los Angeles Unified School District Board toward adopting a resolution entitled “Mandarin, Spanish and Other World Languages.” The resolution set a direction for foreign languages as an academic requirement for six to eight years instead of two years. Under the new direction, at least three feeder programs in elementary, middle and high school clusters now offer Mandarin instruction (from https://committee100.org/programs/educational-exchange/mandarin-in-schools/).
The core Mandarin in Schools Committee members include:
- Daniel Bagby, Principal, Ambassador School of Global Education
- William Chang, Ed.D., LAUSD World Languages and Cultures Multilingual and Multicultural Education Department
- Maggie Chen, California World Languages Project
- Chiung-Sally Chou, Ph.D., Chief Academic Advisor, Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District
- Guillermina Jauregui, Ed.D., International Studies Learning Center
- Stewart Kwoh, Esq., Committee of 100; Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
- Magaly Lavadenz, Ph.D., Loyola Marymount Universitymhu@advancingjustice-la.org
- Susan Pertel Jain, Ph.D., UCLA Confucius Institute
- Amelia Sargent, Program Coordinator, UCLA Confucius Institute
- Dennis Tanner, Coordinator for Mandarin Language Initiatives, UCLA Confucius Institute
- Gay Yuen, Ph.D., CSULA
- Brandon Zaslow, California World Languages Project
- Minqi Zhu, Ph.D., Long Beach Polytechnic High School
As more and more Americans are recognizing China’s emergence as an international economic power, the need of developing Chinese language and cultural understanding through a regular school curriculum is unprecedentedly urgent. According to Asia Society, there was a 100% growth of Chinese language programs in the United States in the past few years.
With demand for Chinese language instruction on the upswing, schools and school districts continue to face a shortage of highly qualified, California credentialed teachers for the Mandarin classrooms. Teachers who are employed are challenged with a shortage of appropriate textbooks, well-developed curriculum, and mentors to help them with creating and sustaining high-quality Mandarin programs.
In order to address the needs of emerging Mandarin programs, the Mandarin in Schools Conference was first initiated in 2011. Teachers and administrators from all over Southern California will attend the Annual Mandarin in Schools Conference to exchange ideas about Mandarin instruction. So far, four Conferences have been hosted, convening over 100 school administrators, Mandarin educators, and aspiring Mandarin teachers.
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